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I have been throwing things out recently, like my old computer desk from Argos. This has created lots of room for new furniture and to move things around.
I have moved my rocking chair ( don't laugh ) which takes up a massive amount of room back into the bedroom now that the old computer desk has gone. This has made a big gap which has allowed me to have something near the sofa to put drinks on.
Up until recently I have been using a heavy cardboard box full of Encyclopedias, which is okay but gets comments and is not great to look at.
This Lack table from IKEA is Birch coloured although you can buy white / oak / blackish as well. It has a shelf mid height and is about 3 feet long in old money , that is 90 cm long x 45 cm height x 45 width.
For the price - I paid £16 you get a solid table that looks very modern and is very easy to assemble.
It is obviously not solid wood, it would need to cost several times that, but if you take car of it it will last a few years I hope.
At this price I will happily just take it to my sisters house and chop it up for firewood when it is no longer in a good state. Firewood costs £8 for a small bag !
Anyway I am very happy with it, I have taken to putting a big sofa cushion on top of it and using it as a foot rest , and alternating this with it's use as a coffee / book table. You can also sit on it with a cushion as it is the right height.
I keep my phone on it ( I still have a landline and use it ) and note pad and altrenate it's use as an office desk / table / footrest.
It is fairly heavy so has left marks in the carpet with the feet when I move it, but these fade after a few days. I think there are special feet for it which I didn't get which may help or you can adapt something.
I am more than happy with this table for under £20.
Recently my husband and I have been concentrating on making our house a home. As such we've been short on some items and took a trip to our nearest Ikea, near Lakeside, to purchase some items. We haven't been looking for items that are expensive and really I personally just wanted items that were simple to clean, functional and cheap. I will give the items away on Freecycle once I am finished anyway so I don't want to spend too much money on them.
When I headed in to Ikea I wasn't looking for a specific item I had seen online or anything and really was just looking for some items to tide us over in certain places in our home until we get time for decorating and furnishing with higher quality items. While browsing I spotted some Lack end tables and really the furniture for one of our reception rooms was decided from there. I chose this lack coffee table, in white, and paid just £14 for it - a fantastic price. This item was simple to find in store in the warehouse part at the end and it fit in my car with no problems at all, which is great as I have a small car at the moment.
As with most Ikea items this was flat packed and I was left with the task of building it. This table is made with a mixture of materials including particleboard, fibreboard, ABS plastic and foil. The full list of materials can be found on the Ikea website. The dimensions of this table are 90cm x 55cm x 45cm and this is ideal for the room that we are using our coffee table in at present because it isn't too large, or wide. This coffee table weighs just 10kg so it was very lightweight when I wanted to start building it and getting it into place. I noticed when unpacking the parts that this is a little too light in my opinion and it didn't feel particularly sturdy until it was fully built and in place. Now this isn't unusual for flat packed furniture and the finished product tends to be better than expected, as this was. The table top is a little too light for my liking and even once in place it feels and sounds a little too hollow. The colour of our table was white, to compliment our black end tables we purchased, and the acrylic paint that has been applied to the table has been done so evenly with no show of any original materials. The white finish is the same across all of the legs and the table top so that is good. The four legs, table top and thin shelf are simple to fit together and it took me about 5 or 6 minutes to build the whole table and get it into place.
The shelf is very thin but ours only holds two or three magazines at a time and sometimes a stereo remote so really it is not overloaded at all. The tabletop feels a little more sturdy once it is attached to the legs and in place and we don't really place much on top of this, apart from the occasional pair of feet at the end of a hard day. The tabletop holds my feet comfortably and I have not noticed any bowing or damage occurring to the tabletop. The tabletop is simple to scratch, like most really, and there are a few marks on it from one of our cats no doubt. The legs look and feel chunky and sturdy, despite the low weight overall of this product, which is a plus point for me.
With regards to cleaning this coffee table I find it very simple. I use coasters to protect the top of this table from tea and coffee marks and I use a polish sprayed duster to clean the table. I ensure that I buff off any excess of polish and so far this has kept the table looking good and best of all it takes me about 10-15 seconds to clean this table.
Overall I would say that I am quite pleased with this coffee table. It is simple for me to clean and if I want to put my feet up, in peace with a magazine, at the end of a long day, then this table is very accommodating. It is lightweight, so it is simple to move, but the shelf is very thin and starts to sag if overfilled very quickly. I only keep two or three magazines on the shelf at a time because I feel that much more and it could suffer under the weight but then for just £14 I am not expecting too much from this table. It looks nice and it compliments the black end tables that I have nicely, for just £5 each, and overall the build time was quick, this is simple to clean and simple to move so I am rating it 4/5 stars. The thin shelf is an issue for me as the Ikea website says that the separate shelf is good for magazines and keeping things organised but I really can't imagine putting much other than a couple of magazines on it because it would like bow or sag and stay that way forever. I will continue to use this, likely for at least the next six months, until I get time/money to plan what I want to do with the room it is in.
My Boyfriend and I are moving house to a lovely semi-furnished terrace house at the end of the month. There are bits and pieces of furniture we need to pick up and a coffee table was on our list. With us being Students, we don't have a lot of money but I had an Ikea voucher from my birthday so we thought we'd see what Ikea had to offer.
We knew this coffee table was perfect the moment we saw it and the price (£16). I thought the price was beyond reasonable and the generous size (size Length: 90 cm Width: 55 cm Height: 45 cm) and style of the table just right for our new living room. There is a square version for £6 that we were considering but we thought we'd pay the extra £10 for the bigger version. Having expected to pay upwards of £40, we were very happy with it.
The coffee table comes is a variety of colours including Birch, Oak, White and Black. The Oak and birch are lovely shades We went for the oak version of the table as it would go better with the colours of the room.
We have gone and put it together which we found really easy. The instructions were clear and it barely took 15 mins to put together and we only needed the use of a hammer and a pair of pliers.
Now the table is currently residing in our bedroom until we move out. It looks really nice with the thick wood and has the look and feel of real quality. No, its not solid wood but for this price, beggars can't be choosers. I love this table, it does the job I want it to do and it does it well.
To finish; I love this table, it looks nice and simple, its a nice colour, its good quality and big for such a bargain price. I recommend this table to anyone who is furnishing a house on a budget. I love it and I'll definitely be returning to Ikea to see what else I can pick up!
When my (now) husband and I moved into our first place, it was totally bare, but we only had around £1000 to fully furnish it, sofa, bed, storage and all. We got a van and went to IKEA, and once the essentials were bought, we only had a bit left for less essential, but still nice-to-have furniture, such as a coffee table.
So when we saw the Ikea Lack Coffee Table priced at an excellent £19, we thought 'that will do'. It's a pretty basic coffee table, and it's available in a number of different finishes including white, black, oak finish, beech finish and mahogany finish.
It's a very chunky square design with four square legs, a chunky rectangular top and a thinner shelf underneath - excellent for storage when you have very little in the lounge.
Just like pretty much everything in Ikea, the Lack Coffee Table comes flat pack with full instructions and allen key, and takes about 30 minutes to put together, certainly I managed it in this time and I am far from a) strong or b) a DIY expert. It's a very strong table when completed and looks good, certainly more than £19 I'd say, in the lounge.
We ended up using the Ikea Lack Coffee Table for a good four years - so under £5 a year, and we only got rid of it because after getting married and moving, and having a baby, we were a bit worried about the pointy corners on the coffee table, so we decided to get rid of it. Over the years it wore quite well, a bit of peeling to the laminate on the corners on the table but it had been through house moves and people sitting on it through lack of chairs and so on - it was a work horse!
Overall I can do nothing other than highly recommend the Ikea Lack Coffee Table, I don't think you'll get as nice a looking and as durable a coffee table anywhere else for under £20. It would suit a student house, rental, first time buyer or for anyone looking for an affordable coffee table available in a range of different finishes.
I'll give the Ikea Lack Coffee Table 5 stars out of 5 because it really is worth every penny and then some. I was (almost) sad to see it go! Well done IKEA from me! :)
Ikea is well known around the world. The stuff they sell is good and cheap.
Why I wanted this product....
It was my first flat and I didn't have a job back then and the flat was unfurnished. I was looking through various stores even second hand stores for cheap but nice looking furniture, but to no avail. I was up the Metrocentre one day and decided to pop into Ikea. Not expecting to buy anything, then I seen this!
Well this table comes in a white cardboard box. It is quite thin but very long and I found it a little heavy for my arms to carry a long way.
The table comes in two sizes as well as four colours....
Small....90x55x45cm. For around £14
Large....118x78x45cm. For around £18
I personally chose the oak effect one.
What I thought.....
The table was very easy to put together and took me less than ten minutes, the instructions were easy to follow but it was basically made up of one long chunk of wood, 4 chunky legs, a thin long piece of wood and screws.
The table looks good, you can tell that it is not real but I do not think it looks cheap at all, at the beginning.
It stains far far to easily and if you knock it while hoovering or moving it, the laminate thing that gives it the colour of the effect starts to peel away and you start seeing the chipboard. Then it looks cheap.
I do have to give it it's dues though, it does hold a lot of things and the main table itself is quite sturdy, however I can't say this for the underneath shelf. I don't know if it is because I pack loads of things on there, but it has started to bow.
Good quality if you don't use it that much.
Easy to assemble.
Does what it's supposed to....holds cups newspapers, books etc.
When I bought this Ikea did not deliver and I found this a huge put off as I didn't have a car and had to haul it on the bus.
The table itself chips, scratches and ruins very easily...
Would I recommend?
I always wanted a coffee table in our living room but my husband was not convinced that we'd like it in the centre of the room, thinking it would just get in the way. He didn't want us forking out for the one that matched the furniture because he thought we'd want to get rid of it after a month after getting fed up with it.
We were in Ikea one day, looking for nothing in particular, when we came across the lack coffee table, part of their bigger lack furniture range, on sale for £16. The oak effect colour was on display in store and looked a very similar shade to the oak furniture we had at home. The price tag of £16 seemed exceptional value - it was a coffee table after all, I'd usually spend more than that on a family takeaway! We decided that if after trying it, having a coffee table wasn't for us, we wouldn't have spent much money and if we did like it, we could always replace it with the one that matched the furniture range at a later date - it seemed like a win-win situation.
Ikea is designed so that all bigger items, including this table, have to be picked up from the warehouse at the end of the store. Everything is stored in it's own specific location in the warehouse, noted on each display item in the main shop. We took the location down from the ticket on display and went to pick it up and pay. It is flat-packed so has to be assembled at home but this did mean it was easier to transport. We have an average sized family car and it was very easy to fit in the car with the seat down so there was no need to make other arrangements. One thing we did notice while getting it in the car was that it was much lighter than expected - I started to wonder whether we'd picked up a coffee table or a bedsheet by mistake!
I pestered my husband to build it as soon as we got back - after all, I'd waited for ages to try one. When he got everything out of the box, I had a quick look at it across the floor - my first impressions were that it matched brilliantly in colour but it didn't really feel the best quality. The table top sounded hollow but looked chunky and the finishing to it wasn't fantastic - the underneath of each leg was very rough and not finished in the oak effect pattern that the rest of the table was, I suppose though once placed on the floor no-one would be able to see these parts. To be fair, I felt that for £16 I couldn't really complain too much, after all the one from our furniture range would have cost us £180! Our other furniture is a mid-oak colour, but obviously there are many other variations of oak - some of which would not match this table well. I wouldn't say that this would match to a country oak or dark oak / very light oak style.
My husband managed to build it very fast and DIY is not his favourite past-time. He even said I could have managed it - that must mean it's fairly easy to do because I do not possess any DIY skills! It comes complete with a small booklet of instructions on how to put it together and they did look pretty straightforward.
It measures 90cm x 55cm x 45cm when built - we found this meant it wasn't massive and suited our small/medium living room. The table consists of chunky legs, a chunky table top and a thin shelf slotted halfway underneath that we used to hold things like magazines and books. While the top of the table feels quite sturdy, the shelf underneath doesn't. We placed 3 novels and a couple of catalogues on the shelf underneath at first to keep them handy for us to get to but they made the shelf bend. As soon as I noticed it was bending, I took everything off to see if I could salvage it but it hasn't managed to return to it's original state and still looks very sunken!
There is a 'knot' effect in the oak pattern but these are just for show, it certainly doesn't feel bumpy because of the pattern, it's very smooth to touch. I find that because it's so smooth, it attracts dust quite quickly and so needs wiping often. Coffee and tea stains are easily removed by wiping clean with a damp cloth. I always used coasters on the table to stop the coffee mugs slipping on the surface.
The table is available in other colours - birch effect, white and black. When we visited Ikea last time, I noticed the table was on special offer for £14 but looking on the website today, it seems that it's only £14 if you want the white table, otherwise it's £2 more at £16.
We decided that we didn't want the coffee table in the living room in the end - that is just a personal decision though and not anything to do with the quality of the table. It was useful to put drinks on, especially when we had visitors, but we decided it took up too much space downstairs. I don't regret buying it as it now sits on my landing - I have some artificial flowers and a couple of photo frames on it and it looks nice up there, so proof it can double up as a side table too. A relative bought the brown/black version of this table soon after we bought it and she also uses it as a side table in her living room so it has another use. I would recommend this table if you're like us and debating whether to get a coffee table or not - at £16 it's definitely worth a try even though it's not fantastic quality.
I give it 4 stars in the end - it's not the best quality but I don't know of any other stores that sell functional coffee tables at that price!
The Ikea Lack range has coffee tables of various sizes, ranging from small square ones up to pretty large ones with extra shelves underneath. Ours is a medium sized one with a shelf, measuring about 4 1/2' x 3' x 18" tall. It has the light-coloured beech veneer, which looks ok and would probably go quite well in most living rooms. So I decided to completely change its appearance by customising it using fabrics bought elsewhere in the Ikea store.
The table came in six parts: four legs, the tabletop, and the lower shelf. The legs screw into the tabletop, and the lower shelf is attached to the legs by tiny metal brackets. I was able to construct the table single-handedly, and it has remained in good condition for the last 2 years, including two house moves since it was originally put together.
The whole LACK range has a common style, but there is enough variation in it to be able to make a unique choice. I believe they've now introduced interchangeable tabletops and decals, so there is a lot of scope to be creative with this standardised product.
I purchased the Ikea lack coffee table a little over a year ago, and was amazed at the incredible value; it cost me around £16.00 as I opted for the oak effect. There is a choice of colours, birch effect, oak effect, and black-brown and white which is cheaper at around £14.00. There is a choice of two sizes and I chose the smaller, which was more practical for my home, as it left more space for my boys to play.
The size of the small one is 90cmx 55cm and the height is 45cm.
I was amazed at how easy this table was to assemble and all tools are supplied. I managed to assemble this table alone, which is amazing because I'm not the most DIY minded of people. You simply insert a screw into each leg and turn slightly, and then place the other end of said screw into ready- made hole in table top, then turn leg to tighten, I opted not to put in the magazine shelf in as my youngest son loves to climb and I was worried he would use the shelf to clamber onto the top and fall, but the instructions seemed simple enough. The legs are chunky and sturdy as is the top being about an inch and a half in thickness, the magazine shelf is somewhat thinner at about a half inch thick, this is made of a more durable and somewhat denser material.
The table is incredible light at about 10kg and is made of fibreboard, so not altogether hardy or long lasting. I can't imagine these appearing on the antiques road show in years to come. They looked very smart and did not look as cheap as they were. They are very sturdy and have no wobble when assembled, and I had not even included the magazine shelf which most cheaper tables need for added stability.
On the down side the surface scratches really easily and with two boys this was not ideal. Also when vacuuming you need to take care not to catch the legs as they damage fairly easily. The table died a few weeks back as my son banged a car onto the top and put a hole into it. So although they look really nice, their practicality around children is not ideal. Saying that I am considering buying another one because they are simply so cheap. Even if they only last a year in my house, the price makes it worth it. Hopefully as my little one gets bigger he will be a little less boisterous with his toys. Taking everything into consideration, I would still recommend this coffee table because they are simply amazing value and perfect for people on a low budget. Just care needs to be taken, particularly with boisterous children.
IKEA Lack Coffee Table.
When we moved into our rented studio flat some furniture had been supplied by the landlady, most of it is from IKEA including our coffee table which is the IKEA Lack Coffee Table.
The Lack Coffee table comes flat packed and is available in 4 colours, white, beech effect, black and oak effect and 2 sizes, the small one measures 90 x 55 x 45cm and is priced at £14 while the larger one measures 118 x 78 x 45cm and is priced at £20. We have the larger of the two sizes and this is the table I am reviewing today.
As the table was already assembled when we moved in I cannot comment on the self assembly part of this table but from looking at the design of the table and where the various screws are I would say it looks reasonably straight forward to assemble.
The Lack coffee table looks pretty simple to me. It is what I would call a basic coffee table, it consists of a nice thick looking table top, 4 chunky looking legs and a much thinner shelf in the middle of the table. As I mentioned earlier we have the beech effect version of this table and looking at the table even from a distance it is obvious that it is not "real" wood but rather the compacted woodchips covered with a beech laminate coating, regardless of this though I do think the table looks quite nice and fits with the effect our landlady was aiming to achieve of a nice bright and spacious flat.
In Use & Keeping Clean
So what do we use a coffee table for? Cups of coffee? Magazines? Well, in our flat we use the coffee table for literally everything. At the time of writing this review the top of coffee table is currently holding my partners laptop, cups and glasses which I am slightly too lazy to move and some nice IKEA candles, the shelf below is being used as storage space for countless magazines, a few books, various pens, leaflets, USB sticks, chargers and any other "junk" we can fit on there. In other words it is a total mess!
However, the weight of this mess on the shelf is pretty heavy and so far the shelf seems to be holding up really well and showing no signs of weakness. The top of the coffee table is much thicker and therefore we trust it to be much more stable and secure. I have even stood on the top of the table when I needed to change a light bulb and it held my weight fine. I'm not telling you my weight but I am 5ft 1 and reasonably in proportion so you can judge it from there!
Over the last 12 months of living with this coffee table and being the main "cleaner" of our flat I have noticed that it is a bit of a dust magnet, when the surface is visible of course! To clean our table I tend to simply clear everything from the top and use a cloth soaked in luke warm soapy water and simply wipe the surface and edges over. This method is so far working fine for me and any cup marks or spilt drinks seem to wipe away relatively easy. I do recommend that you dry the table afterwards rather than leave it to dry naturally as I noticed the edge of the beech effect covering has started to peel away slightly on one of the edges where I left it to dry naturally once.
The other thing I am quite careful about is our candles on the table. After seeing the slight bit of water damage I stepped up my candle care and began to use a extra candle dish underneath the one we already have as a precaution of heat damage. I also had a slight accident with lighting a candle once where a rouge piece of a lit match fell onto the table, thankfully my partner didn't notice this and I was able to cover it up pretty quickly. The heat from the match has left a tiny mark on the table but unless you were looking for it I don't think you would notice it, so my conclusion here is that the Lack coffee table is pretty "Louise-Proof".
Would I Recommend?
I do think the table looks quite nice and although I cannot say I will be buying one when we move to our new flat in December I would still recommend it as a nice and reasonably durable table which is available in a nice selection of colours at a very good price and it is also the perfect height to casually put your feet up and relax on a level from the sofa... and then get them pushed down when your partner cannot see the TV!
4 out of 5 stars from me.
Thanks for reading :)
When we moved back to Birmingham to be closer to family after I had my baby girl we decided to get a furnished flat so that we wouldn't have to worry about getting furniture bit by bit while looking after our new little one. Our place came with this Ikea coffee table, which the landlords told us were newly purchased.
I didn't know this was an Ikea table before my brother who is a die-hard Ikea fan popped over one day and pointed it out. It was only £12.99 on the website at the time. I thought this was excellent value and that it would last a long time as we only used the bottom shelf for papers and the top shelf for a lamp and a packet of baby wipes.
This coffee table is a standard rectangular shape with sharp edges. It is pale brown in colour and is obviously wood-effect. As with most things from Ikea it came flat packed but as I didn't assemble it I can't say whether that was easy to do or not. It only has a few pieces to it so I should imagine that it was easy enough. The table looks nice enough and it has no scratches or notches on it after a year of use. However, it has recently developed a crack in the middle of it, and I can't say how that got there since we never put any weight on the table, particularly not in the middle. The crack is not visible from the top of the table but it clearly is from the side. After looking closely at it it is clear that the table is sinking in the middle, which has caused the crack, even though no weight has been placed on it. The top of the table is thick enough that I don't think the entire thing will collapse, but still I don't want an obviously damaged product in my living room, as it now has a cheap feel to it.
So, although this table is clearly sold at a bargain price, it is nothing compared to an actual wooden coffee table we had in our old place in Hastings, which we sold before coming here so we'd have less to move. I therefore recommend that you save your money and the environment by investing in a more durable, long-lasting table instead of this cheap Ikea purchase, even if you rarely plan to use it, because it will still last longer than this one. 2 stars from me.
As a renter, I'm incredibly familiar with the majority of Ikea's output. It seems that when a landlord buys a flat to rent out, the first thing he does is goes off to Ikea with £500 to furnish the place. To be fair, if I were renting something out I wouldn't be spending much on the furniture, and the stuff usually seems to be of decent quality, so I'm not complaining too much. A bit of diversity would be nice, that's all!
This coffee table is available in a few different colours. My version has a beech laminate finish and cost £15.99, but you can also get white (£13.99), black/brown (£15.99) and oak effect (£15.99). The measurements are 90cm by 55cm, and it's 45cm tall. This means it's quite dominant if you've only got a small room, so you definitely need to consider what kind of floor space you have available. We used to have it in the centre of our living area but we found we preferred having a large space in the middle of the room and we pushed it against the wall. We store baskets underneath it so the space isn't wasted, and on top we usually have some decorative candles, a wax tart burner, tissues and a lamp. There's still space for much more on there which unfortunately means this tends to get cluttered as it's such an easy place to dump things! In terms of height, it is a little low but I can still feasibly eat my dinner off it, and it's a good height for popping drinks on. It's great for snacks when we have people round for drinks and it's also good for board games. There's plenty of space for rolling dice and putting drinks down without knocking any pieces over.
Underneath the main coffee table surface is a shelf that can be used for storage. It's perfect for putting magazines and books on, but unfortunately it's not particularly sturdy so you do have to watch what you're putting on it. The people who lived here before us obviously over used it a bit, and one of the four bolts that the shelf goes on is broken - a part has snapped, so it can't be fixed again. This means that if you don't put things on it evenly then it tips over and falls off which is really annoying. Obviously this shows that the table isn't exactly the best quality in the world, but when it only cost £15.99 and it has clearly been over loaded, then I think this is to be expected. For the moment we've just taken the shelf off and stored it under the sofa. You can't tell anything's missing.
The finish on the table is reasonably good but as you'd imagine it's not of the highest quality. It's fairly durable; I've spilt drinks, food and even hot wax on it with no problems. However it can be easily scratched. If anything gets spilt you can wipe down the surface with a damp cloth, and nothing we've done has stained it so far. It seems designed to cope with most things, which is a relief, and if you have kids this would be perfect - it can withstand most every day use, but if it gets damaged then you can replace it for a few quid, if you want. The overall look is okay; it's not exactly my favourite piece of furniture and no-one's going to be asking where you got it, but it's modern and neutral enough to blend in. If you want something really stylish with a wow factor, this isn't what you're after. As gorgeous as it might look in one of Ikea's show rooms, remember that unless you're an interior designer yourself, this one table isn't going to transfer the look to your home, and it's not the most expensive looking of items.
The table feels pretty sturdy and you don't get that horrible wobble that you sometimes get on cheap tables. However it's not especially heavy so we can easily pull it into the middle of the room when we want and push it back to the side again. Of course this was here when we moved in, so I didn't put it together myself. I've taken a look at the instructions on the website, and honestly it does look quite complicated. I'm sure it's manageable though and it doesn't look any more difficult than any other products I've ever put together. All you need is a cross head screwdriver and a hammer to complete the job.
Overall I'm giving this 4 stars. It's not an amazing item that I'll rave about to everyone but it's reasonably durable and a total bargain. Recommended for anyone that's looking for function over style.
When me and my boyfriend both moved out of our parents houses we had to start from scratch so inevitably couldnt afford expensive furniture. We went to ikea and we bought this coffee table as a bit of a last minute thing as it was cheap and we needed something to fill up our front room. The first thing i would say i noticed about this was how good the quality of the veneer was. We got it in oak and its a really nice colour - not too orangy and cheap looking like some veneers can be. Secondly, it was really easy to assemble - just a matter of screwing in the legs and then slotting on the shelf below. Thirdly, its really good quality when assembled - we both use it to put our feet on and have done for some years now and its still as good as new. The only thing i would say is the shelf underneath is quite thin so does bend if you put a lot of weight on it.
Today I'm going to review yet another one of our Ikea purchases. When we moved into our house over a year ago, we had quite a big space to fill in the centre of our living room, due to the age of the house we were blessed with high ceilings and large rooms. We thought a nice big coffee table would look nice on the rug in the centre of the room, and would be practical for us to place our mugs, magazines and so on.
This coffee table is part of the LACK range, in which there are matching items available. It comes in four different finishes: white, birch effect, black-brown, and oak effect. It is available in two different sizes, and we actually own both. The larger one is used as our coffee table, and the slightly smaller one is used as a TV unit. The table is advertised as a coffee table but the smaller one is suitable as a TV stand because the shelf underneath gives good storage for our Sky Box and DVD player.
The price of this coffee table varies depending on which size you buy. The smaller one has the following dimensions: length 90cm, width 55cm, height 45cm. This one is currently priced at £13.99 for the white version, and £15.99 for the other finishes. If you rent a property and wonder why all the furniture is white and from Ikea, this is because it is generally cheaper than the wooden versions!
The larger coffee table has the following dimensions: length 118cm, width 78cm, height 45cm. This is priced at £19.99 for the white version, and £22.99 for the other finishes.
Both tables have chunky, sturdy legs, a chunky table top, and a slightly thinner shelf underneath for storage.
These coffee tables are great value, and they look good in our living room. Our house is old and traditional with features such as original fireplaces, so we have to be careful with the furniture we buy because although we can't afford to splash out a lot on these items, if we get things which are too cheap and nasty, they really don't fit in with the style of our house. Despite being cheap and from Ikea, these are quite stylish looking, and they look quite sturdy.
In terms of practicality, the only issue I have had with the larger coffee table is the storage shelf underneath. The shelf has started to buckle a little under the weight of magazines and various other bits and pieces, and a couple of times one of us has knocked it with our foot and its collapsed to the ground. I must say in Ikea's defence, that we are very guilty of overloading this shelf, and so I would say it's probably more our fault than than a fault of the product. I think the problem with the larger coffee table that because it is so big, it's very tempting to store far too much junk on it, and this also makes it look very untidy at times because we end up with months worth of paperwork just hanging around the living room.
The other issue is that it's not very practical when children are around. The table is so big and obviously has sharp corners, when our two year old niece comes to visit we have to drag it to the edge of the room, as I get very nervous when she's walking around it. I realise this would be the same with any coffee table, but I think this one is so large it makes it impossible for kids to avoid.
The table is quite easy to clean, but I would recommend using a dampened cloth rather than a duster with polish. We get a lot of ring marks from mugs on ours (lack of coasters at the moment), and when I polish them I get streaks across the table. If I run a damp cloth across the table it cleans without leaving visible streaks. The table does scratch quite easily so I'd recommend making sure you have adequate coasters otherwise you'll be cringing every time people come round and place their mug on the table. Also, DO NOT throw your keys on the table as this also leaves horrible scratch marks.
The assembly of these tables is so simple, anyone can do it and you only need one person. I usually leave this kind of thing to my partner but the weekend we moved in he had a lot of other "manly" tasks to be doing which I couldn't help with, so I decided to give the assembly of these tables a try. It was very easy, the hardest part was balancing the shelf on the bottom but I got there eventually. Actually the hardest bit is deciphering Ikea's instructions, as they seem to be more keen on pictures than words, but anyone who's had Ikea furniture in the past will be aware of this.
Overall, I think these tables are really good value. We have actually had better success using the smaller version as a TV stand than we have with the larger coffee table which has been used for the purpose it was designed for. As they are so cheap, I don't worry too much about the fact it scratches easily, as it's not like it's a solid oak table getting ruined. To be honest, I think when we have kids this table will have to go, because it's a bit dangerous to have when children are at that stage where they're a little unsteady on their feet. In the meantime, they're good value and I would recommend them as long as you're not going to overload the shelf underneath!
(This review also appears on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
We've lived all over, we tend to move with my husbands job. Occasionally we've rented rather than buying as we've known we wouldn't be there for to long. The last place we rented was unfurnished, I always insist on unfurnished as I don't want to sit on a sofa that you don't know what's been on there and I certainly don't want to sleep in a bed where loads of other people have slept, yuck!!
When furnishing a short term rental I always drag my husband to Ikea and we buy everything we need relatively cheaply. The Lack coffee table was one of the things that I furnished our last short term rental with. It was cheap, functional, and I bought other items in a matching colour so it didn't look too bad at all.
The Lack coffee table is available in 4 colours; birch effect, black brown, and oak effect - all priced at £22.99 each, and white priced at £19.99. We bought the oak effect coffee table, along with a Lack side table in oak effect.
The Lack coffee table measures 118cm by 78cm, and it stands 45cm tall. So it isn't too big, but it's certainly big enough to serve as a more than usable coffee table. It even has a seperate shelf underneath, which is handy to store magazines or remote controls and things, and so you can keep things organised and keep the table top clear.
This was easy enough to assemble and if memory serves me correctly took my husband around 10-15 minutes. I do remember that initially you twist the 4 double ended screws into the 4 corners of the base of the top of the table, and then you twist the 4 legs onto the opposite ends of the screws, just like the Lack side table assembly, I think I stopped watching at that point, haha! The shelf underneath was suspended on little metal catches, so I guess that you would just screw these into the legs and then sit the shelf on top.
The coffee table was really lightweight and easy enough to move around the room to postion where ever you may need it. We did use it as a coffee table, but I guess that you could maybe use it as a tv stand if you wanted to. I think that the oak effect was a really good choice, I felt that it didn't look as 'cheap' as some of the other colours in the range. Considering the low price it was very good quality and when we moved out (after a year) we gave the coffee table away to friends and it still actually looked as good as new.
I would certainly reccomend this to anyone, and I would certainly buy another to furnish our next rental (when the time comes!)
When I lived in my last flatshare and we first moved into our flat we desperately needed furniture, and on the cheap as we had to get pretty much everything for a home!
The places I used the most to shop most was in Argos, Asda and Ikea and at the time I bought this table (in the white option to go with the smaller white matching tables I bought at the same time) this cost me a mere £5.00 though we are going back a couple of years now and this was on offer at the time now though this white one retails for £13.00 each and the other options are birch and oak effect and black/brown and they all retail at £15.99 per table.
The Table Itself:
It comes flat packed and and basically in pieces. Instructions are given which are very straightforward though my mate put this up in a matter of minutes and without any instructions at all.
Basically the long and oblong legs screw into the main table top and the shelf that goes under that slides in. It really is child's play to put together and when put together this measures Length: 90 cm, Width: 55 cm and Height: 45 cm and therefore makes a rather long, oblong table of decent width and it looks very stable and secure and is simply a rather plain looking table but really does look great quality.
My white table is slightly shiny, I only need to wipe it over with a damp cloth occasionally and nowadays and in my new flat this has become my hamster cage table and looks fabulous as just that. I have two posh and funky looking cages on the top of it and the shelf I use for storing their food, treats and sawdust and the likes and I haven't had one issue with it at all. I was worried about it getting scratched and even when I moved was worried that the removal men would knock it and takes chunks out of it but really this is as good as new.
I love the modern, sleek appearance of this very much indeed, find the shelf to be rather strong to store things on and of course if I want to use it as a coffee table I could well do. I have no intentions of parting with my table put it that way and people who have come into my home(s) have commented on how lovely this is and are totally shocked when I tell them in only cost me a fiver!
Bargain pretty much at any price and recommended from me and my lovely hamsters!